We’ve already looked at the Euro 2020 betting for the outright winner market, where Portugal and England were identified as the best bets. And we also took a look at the top goalscorer market, where the likes of Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku were seen as two of the worthy favourites.
But here we’ll look at some of the other Euro 2020 markets that maybe don’t get quite as much attention and pick out some good bets from those ones.
Some people may feel this is a done deal and that all Cristiano Ronaldo needs to do to win this is showing up. Ronaldo has 103 goals in 174 appearances for Portugal and has been their top scorer in just about every tournament he’s played in, including Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, where he scored a hat-trick in the opening game against Spain.
All well and good and he’s coming off a good season with Juventus where he was top scorer in Serie A for the first time in his career.
But at 5.5 Diogo Jota represents a strong alternative to Ronaldo. Jota was absolutely unplayable at one stage for Liverpool before a bad injury stopped his progress. But once he returned from injury, he was back to his best and ended up scoring 19 goals in 41 appearances for club and country.
Manager Fernando Santos clearly likes Jota with his pace, versatility and finishing and he should be in the starting XI in that first game.
Portugal aren’t always blessed with natural goalscorers but they’ve certainly got one in Jota and if Ronaldo is a little off his best, it could be Jota coming up with the goals.
Young player of the Tournament: Declan Rice
Best Odds: 15.0 with 10CRIC
Declan Rice is cut from a very different cloth to the likes of Jota and Ronaldo but he’s got a good shot at being considered the young player of the tournament.
Rice is just one of those players who always knows where to be and seems to have a sixth sense for where the ball is going to end up.
Like Jota, he was having a brilliant season (at West Ham in his case) before getting a long-term injury, so he missed quite a significant chunk of the season.
But that may actually work out well because he’ll be well rested for this one. He’s a real favourite of Gareth Southgate and there’s absolutely no doubt he’ll be tasked with bossing that England midfield.
With England expected to go far, he’ll have plenty of chances to impress and playing in the heart of midfield show give him lots of visibility.
Not every player can be as devastating as Kylian Mbappe or as deadly in front of goal as Ronaldo. Sometimes it’s the ‘quieter’ players wo just go about their jobs with minimum of fuss who reap the rewards. Let’s hope so.
If like us, you believe that Portugal can go far in the tournament a possibly even win it despite being in a tough group, then it may be worth considering Bruno Fernandes for Player of the Tournament.
Since arriving at Manchester United in January 2020, Fernandes has been one of the very best players in Europe, demonstrating extremely high levels of consistency.
It’s normally for his goals that he gets most of the attention- he scored 28 for club and country this season- but there’s a lot more to his game than that because he’s also a super passer, is full of energy and creates a lot of goals, too.
Ironically, he’s somewhat unlikely to get the number of goals he gets for Manchetser United because Ronaldo will be on penalty and free kick duty, which is usually a good source of goals for Fernandes.
But no matter. He should be good for a couple of goals anyway and will surely put in some big performances in the heart of that midfield.
He’s a similar sort of player to past winner Andres Iniesta, who got it in 2012, so he certainly fits the profile.
Italy To Reach the Semi-final
Best Odds: 3.0 with 10CRIC
Italy are a side with few stars, no real goal machines in the side and who don’t always play the prettiest football.
No problem. Under the excellent Roberto Mancini, they could be what we call a ‘tough team to beat’. In other words, they’re not going to go out and beat anyone 3-0 but they’re certainly not going to lose many games themselves, either. And certainly not 3-0.
This is not a vintage Italy side, no doubt about that one. There isn’t a Pirlo to boss the show or an Alessandro del Piero to create magic upfront.
But there’s an extremely solid spine to the team including goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, Juve defender Giorgio Chiellini, Champions League winner Jorginho of Chelsea in midfield and good finishers Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne upfront.
Results have been extremely impressive since Mancini took over and thee’s much greater confidence about the way they’ve been playing over the last year or so.
Another big advantage is that they’re in a pretty easy group. Turkey and Switzerland are always competitive but Italy should be too good for them.
Wales will as ever, be too dependent on Gareth Bale, while their other big star Aaron Ramsey didn’t get much game time at Juventus this year.
So winning the group and getting a slightly easy draw in the next round is certainly good for our bet.